Gwinnett Fair organizers taking extra safety precautions

Gwinnett County Fair tests ride safety

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Organizers at the Gwinnett Fair are taking extra precautions after devastating and sometimes fatal accidents at carnival rides over the summer.

While state regulations only require fair rides be checked once a year, the Gwinnett Fair has hired state inspectors to come back and reinspect every ride before the gates open.

"Safety is always number one," said fair manager Dale Thurmun.

The extra measures will cost the fair between $2,000 and 5,000, but fair organizers say it's worth every penny to keep fairgoers safe. 

Earlier this summer, a young boy was killed on what was billed as the world's largest waterslide in Kansas. In another incident, three girls were rushed to the hospital with serious injuries after a Ferris wheel accident in Tennessee. 

In Bartow County, a kiddie roller coaster collapsed. Thankfully, there were no injuries in that incident.

Thurmun said inspectors have not found any problems with rides at the Gwinnett County Fair. 

The fair opened on Thursday and runs for 11 days. Click here for more information.


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